Ian Collinson - Writer

Born in Nottingham, Ian lived and worked there most of his life until moving to Newark in 2010.
Experience in the print industry enabled him to set up Weathervane Press, a contemporary literary fiction publisher that has so far launched six Nottingham authors. 
Ian used his first novel, I love Samuel Taylor, as a test drive for Weathervane Press, publishing it in April 2009. A romantic comedy set in Nottingham, it has the looming economic crisis as its backdrop.
Read Chapter One or find the recording on About Weathervane.
In Ian's second novel, Find Amy, an estate agent unwittingly becomes an unlikely sleuth in the hunt for a missing girl. Ian self published this book on Kindle  in 2013.


In 2015, when, with help from Robin Hood Theatre near Newark and Write Club, at Nottingham Playhouse, Ian started writing theatre scripts.

In June 2016 Ian's short play, Escape to Euroland, was selected for a rehearsed reading along with six other scripts for the NEAT16 performance, 'The Write Club response to Brexit.' A video can be found on the Nottingham Playhouse Facebook page.

In July 2016 a rehearsed reading of Ian's play Extra Time was performed for the board of Robin Hood Theatre Company, and was selected for the 'new works' slot in their 2017-18 season at the theatre. Thanks to RHTC, particularly the actors who supported this venture by giving up their time to perform, and to all at Act 2 Write Club, where the script was developed.

In April 2017, Ian's play A Case of You was shortlisted for the Rattigan Award.


Ian's play Extra Time was performed by Robin Hood Theatre, near Newark, in February 2018. Thank you to everyone at RHT for such a fine production. 

Read the Newark Advertiser review: 


There was a rehearsed reading of the first four scenes of Ian's sci-fi play Ex Mundi by 'Write Track' in the studio of Mansfield Palace Theatre on 20th March 2018. See @EducAtThePalace on Twitter. 

In March 2018 Ian was invited by Robin Hood Theatre to run a script development group to support local writers, which led to the formation of: 

Play Group, which meets monthly at the theatre.

Full details at www.rhtc.co.uk/writing. 

From this grew the RHT script submission window, which was open for all East Midlands based writers for the month of September 2018. Three scripts were then selected by the reading panel for a partial rehearsed reading in February 2019 and the winner, 'The Library Siege' by Barry Wood was chosen by the board. This play has been included in the 2019/20 season in the New Work slot in 2020. See RHT website for details on this and the full programme for the 2019-20 season.

Ian's play The Do Nothing Option is now available on Amazon Kindle. Click here for more information.

Thanks to Mansfield Palace Theatre for selecting Ian's 10 minute play, 'Home,' as one of the four entries chosen from their script submission this autumn for performance at West Notts College in April 2020.